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Harold Alexander Houser

Harold Alexander Houser
35th Governor of American Samoa
In office
September 10, 1945 – April 22, 1947
Preceded by Samuel Canan
Succeeded by Vernon Huber
Personal details
Born March 31, 1897
Fort Valley, Georgia
Died September 3, 1981(1981-09-03) (aged 84)
National Naval Medical Center
Resting place United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Spouse(s) Vera Allen Houser
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
Occupation Naval officer
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Rear admiral
Commands Naval Air Station Key West
Office of Legislative Liaison

Harold Alexander Houser (March 31, 1897 – September 3, 1981)[1] was a United States Navy Rear admiral, and the 35th Governor of American Samoa from September 10, 1945 to April 22, 1947.


Houser was born in Fort Valley, Georgia to Emmett and Mary Mathews Houser.[2] Houser attended the Marion Military Institute, graduating in 1916,[3] before receiving an appointment to the United States Naval Academy on May 26, 1917. Houser graduated from the United States Naval Academy in the Class of 1921.[4]

During his naval career, he served in numerous posts, including commanding the Naval Air Station Key West and serving as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Omaha (CL-4).

He was married to Vera Allen Houser.[5]

Naval career

Houser held posts in Panama, France, and Key West throughout his career.[6] He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy on May 26, 1917 from Georgia,[7] and graduated in 1921.[8] While a Commander, Houser served as the gunnery officer of the USS Omaha (CL-4).[9] As a Captain, Houser commanded the Naval Air Station Key West.[10]

After becoming a Rear admiral, Houser served on the staff of the United States Secretary of Defense.[11] Houser served numerous posts in the Office of Legislative Affairs, including becoming the legislative liaison for the Retired Officers Association.[12] He became the Director of the Office of Legislative Liaison in 1949.[13]


Houser became Governor of American Samoa on September 10, 1945.[14] While governor, he served as a representative of the United States Navy at a meeting of the major Pacific powers, including Australia and New Zealand.[15] He ceded the office to Vernon Huber on April 22, 1947.[16]

He became a Rear admiral after leaving the governorship, and served as Director of the Office of Legislative Liaison at the Office of Legislative Affairs


Houser died of natural causes on September 3, 1981 at the National Naval Medical Center.[2] He is interred at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery, along with his wife.[1]


External links

  • Marion Military Institute Archives

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